Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The Census Bureau: Getting It Right
We hope the census folks do a better job enumerating than they do in their hiring efforts.
We have an associate who applied and tested for a temporary census position in early March. About two weeks ago that person was called by the Omaha office of the census bureau and hired after completing a five minute phone interview. Our associate was told when to report for training and agreed to do so. Two days later, our associate got a call from the Omaha census office and was offered a job again. Our associate told the caller that he/she had already accepted a job offer from them two days earlier. Two days later, our associate received another call from the Omaha office of the census bureau and was offered yet another job. Our associate told the caller he had already accepted a job several days earlier and the caller said he would make sure the records were updated. Last Saturday, our associate received a message that if he/she wanted a job with the census bureau, he/she should return a call by 4:15. Our associate returned the call and thinking perhaps there was a fluke with the original call went through the interview process and accepted a job, without informing the caller of his/her prior acceptance. Our associate was given a different date and time for training and agreed to accept the job and be there for training. Today, our associate received yet another call offering to hire him/her if he/she would return the call, which he/she didn't do.
We find it amusing that the U.S. Census Bureau has now called our associate six times to offer a job which he/she has already accepted twice. We hope that the operations of census bureau are just a little bit more accurate than its apparent hiring efforts.
Oh, and yes, it gives us great comfort this the government will no doubt be utilizing the same degree of accuracy in managing our health care!